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Sentence expected for migrant boat disaster captain

By BBC
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A court in Italy is due to sentence the captain of a migrant ship after 700 people died in the boat he was piloting in April.

Mohammed Ali Malek, from Tunisia, was one of only 28 survivors from the ship which set off from Libya in April last year.

The court in Sicily heard how Mr Malek, who barely knew how to steer a ship, had taken charge of the overcrowded rickety boat.

Prosecutors are seeking an 18-year sentence.

His lawyers argue that he was a passenger on the boat, something contested by the other survivors of the shipwreck.

Hundreds of migrants were trapped in the boat's hold when it went down.